Biofilm is a common issue that can be found in several locations within your home. For the most part, biofilm is harmless; however, it can have an unpleasant odor and has the potential to house bacteria that can develop into further issues.
While biofilm isn’t something you want growing in your home, there’s no need to worry; there are effective products on the market that are sure to handle your issue.
What Is Biofilm?
Biofilm is defined as a slimy buildup of microorganisms that can develop anywhere that is wet or damp. These microorganisms are primarily bacteria, although other microbes may also be present.
While this isn’t inherently harmful or odorous, certain bacteria that are commonly found in biofilms can be. For this reason, it is important to remove any existing biofilm and keep your equipment clean to prevent future growth.
Where Does Biofilm Lurk in My Home?
There are several places where you may find biofilm within your home. Places that hold water or have water run through them often will be your most likely culprits.
Washing machines are notorious for biofilm buildups as they have several nooks and crannies where bacteria can be housed. Washers are also often used on a daily basis, meaning water and dampness is almost always present. Common places to find buildups include rubber seals, gaskets, detergent compartments, and even the plumbing system.
Dishwashers are another household appliance that is likely to house biofilm. Bacterial buildups in dishwashers are common not only because of the consistent water usage but also because of the food particles that are often left behind. Bacteria thrive in these environments, and they can be difficult to get rid of. The biofilm within your dishwasher is also likely to have an odor, as these bacteria tend to be more odorous.
Jetted tubs are another place in which biofilm can lurk. The jetted lines often house water or traces of water even when the tub is not in use. Since bathtubs are generally filled and drained with each use, chemicals are not commonly used on a regular basis. This provides a great breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms.
If you’ve ever owned or used a hot tub, you may be familiar with the notorious slimy walls. The water combined with the constant warmth of a hot tub creates a popular location for biofilm to develop and grow. Biofilm is naturally slimy and can cause slimy walls, seats, and internal steps if not handled properly. This is not only a health concern, but also a safety concern as a slip and fall is more likely to occur when the area is slick.
Pools can also develop biofilm buildups due to their damp nature. The stairs and railings that are underwater may start to become slimy and difficult to use if buildups are left to grow. Biofilm may also grow in the filter areas and plumbing – really anywhere the water touches is at risk.
How Do I Get Rid Of And Manage Biofilm Buildups?
Thankfully, there is an easy way to get rid of and manage biofilm buildups regardless of where they are growing. Ahh-Some Watercare carries a line of cleaning products that are specifically formulated to manage biofilm and other bacterial buildups. These products also act as water cleansers and refreshers when used on a regular basis.
Below are some Ahh-Some products that can help clean and maintain those household items:
- Washing Machine/Dishwasher Bio-Cleaner and Deodorizer
- Hot Tub/Jetted Bath Plumbing & Jet Cleaner
- Swimming Pool Water Clarifier & Bio-Cleaner
Between these three products, you will have all of the lurking biofilm within your home managed in no time.
Regardless of where you are wanting to take care of that pesky biofilm, Ahh-Some Watercare has a product for you! If you have any questions or need help with a purchase, you can contact them here. Ahh-Some’s team of professionals is happy to assist you with all of your cleaning and prevention needs.